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t's been a long time coming.

First cryptically announced as Project Luminous before full details emerged, The High Republic has quickly become the most anticipated event in Star Wars publishing in years. 

Stories and authors will cross various mediums as earlier days of the Republic unfold. Everything from novels to young readers' books to comics -- all written by familiar names such as Charles Soule and Claudia Gray and so many more -- releases to the public starting this week.

On Monday, The High Republic officially kicked off with a special presentation featuring the creators responsible for bringing this new era of Star Wars to life.

Cavan Scott, Justina Ireland, and Daniel Jose Older also joined Soule and Gray on the panel to discuss the first wave of tales that will build the foundation of High Republic storytelling and the processes behind forming them.

The High Republic era begins with Soule’s Light of the Jedi and immediately continues with Justina Ireland’s A Test of Courage. Following these books are the first issues of The High Republic ongoing comic series The High Republic by Scott and The High Republic Adventures by Older.

Developing these interconnected stories involved multiple Skywalker Ranch retreats, where the publishing initiative’s authors gathered to plan out the stories, characters, and themes these books and comics would revolve around. One of the key questions that drove their storytelling: “What scares the Jedi?”

The Great Disaster, a mysterious catastrophe that explosively kicks off Light of the Jedi, serves as the major catalyst for the major conflicts weaving through each High Republic story. In a time of peace, at the height of the Jedi’s existence, suddenly darkness threatens their reign.

In addition to the Nihil, the "not-nice pirates" previously introduced, several authors also revealed new characters -- the Drengir, a species of sentient mobile plant, and Buckets of Blood, which takes a little backstory to adequately explain.

Michael Siglain made it clear that while it's not necessary to read every High Republic story, it's highly recommended -- in release order, specifically.

The above authors will also be publishing stories in Star Wars Insider focused on The High Republic events and characters. Scott and Ireland's serialized fiction "Stories of Starlight," will follow characters on the Starlight Beacon working alongside the Jedi.

Scott's next High Republic novel The Rising Storm releases this June. Scott will also be publishing a graphic novel with art by Rachael Stott to accompany the book, The Monster of Temple Peak.

Ireland will next publish a YA novel Out of the Shadows featuring Vernestra Ro and new characters yet to be revealed. She is also working on a manga The Edge of Balance centered around the Jedi stationed at remote outposts across the galaxy, with co-author Shima Shinya.

Older is publishing a middle-grade novel Race to Crashpoint Tower centered around two Jedi padawan learners on remote planets.

Gray is working on "something" that she isn't allowed to talk about yet.

Siglain says Phase 1 of The High Republic will run through sometime in 2022 with more stories on the way. Phase 1 is called Light of the Jedi, Phase 2 Quest of the Jedi and Phase 3: Trials of the Jedi.

A Star Wars: The High Republic Youtube series is also launching January 27, featuring interviews and deep dives into these stories and hosted by Krystina Arielle.

New High Republic content is also coming to Star Wars: Squadrons January 5, in addition to a special Light of the Jedi special edition bundle.

That's a lot of info. So here's a quick rundown of everything we know:

  • In addition to the books and comics previously announced, Monday's panel revealed new upcoming Insider stories, new books, a graphic novel, and a manga.
  • The Monster of Temple Peak, a graphic novel by Cavan Scott, is set for release sometime in 2021.
  • Out of the Shadows, a YA novel by Justina Ireland, releases July 27, 2021.
  • Ireland will also co-author a High Republic manga series, The Edge of Balance, with Shima Shinya.
  • Race to Crashpoint Tower, a middle-grade novel by Daniel Jose Older, is set to release on June 29, 2021 alongside Scott's The Rising Storm.
  • Clauda Gray can't tell us anything about what she's working on. Interesting ...
  • The High Republic's Phase 1, Light of the Jedi, will continue through sometime in 2022. The next two phases are Quest of the Jedi and Trials of the Jedi.
  • Krystina Arielle will host The High Republic Show on YouTube starting January 27, 2021.
  • High Republic content is coming to Star Wars: Squadrons starting on Tuesday, January 5.

In other words ... The High Republic is here to stay. And it's going to be unlike anything we've ever seen in Star Wars before.

You can still watch the full pre-recorded panel to learn more.

For a complete list of recent and upcoming Star Wars book and comic releases, visit our regularly updated Release Schedule.

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Meg is a writer, podcaster, and photographer. She lives in Illinois with her dog and medal-worthy book collection, and believes any conversation in which Star Wars references are applicable is one worth having.

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